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EU regulator urges caution on Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine

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FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are seen at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2021. Zoltan Balogh/MTI/MTVA/Pool via REUTERS ZURICH (Reuters) – A senior European Medicines Agency (EMA) official urged European Union members on Sunday to refrain from granting national approvals for Russian......

NHS England invites people aged 56 to 59 to book COVID-19 vaccinations in coming week

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FILE PHOTO: An NHS sign is displayed at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea, Britain, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Childs (Reuters) – NHS England has invited people aged 56 to 59 to book COVID-19 vaccinations in the coming week, with letters to 850,000 people in......

U.S. scientists doubtful of one-shot regimen for Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines: WSJ

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(Reuters) – U.S. scientists are skeptical of a one-shot regimen for Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines, saying there isn’t enough evidence that a single dose provides long-term protection, the Wall Street Journal reported here. “It is essential that these vaccines be used as authorized by FDA in order......

U.S. administers 87.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC

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FILE PHOTO: A nurse draws a Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at East Valley Community Health Center in La Puente, California, U.S., March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) – The United States has administered 87,912,323 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday morning and delivered 116,355,405 doses, the Centers for......

BRIEF-U.S. CDC Says Delivered 116,355,405 Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine As Of March 6 Versus 114,133,115 Doses As Of March 5

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March 6 (Reuters) – * U.S. CDC SAYS DELIVERED 116,355,405 DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINE AS OF MARCH 6 VERSUS 114,133,115 DOSES AS OF MARCH 5 * U.S. CDC SAYS ADMINISTERED 87,912,323 DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINE AS OF MARCH 6 VERSUS 85,008,094 DOSES ADMINISTERED AS OF MARCH 5 * U.S. CDC......

Chile donates 20,000 doses of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Ecuador

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares to administer a dose of Sinovac’s CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Chile starts to vaccinate elderly people living in nursing homes in Santiago, Chile, February 4, 2021. Picture taken February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador has received a donation of......

Alabama extends mask mandate for a month, breaking with Texas, Mississippi

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(Reuters) – Alabama’s governor said on Thursday she was extending the state’s mask mandate for another month, heeding the advice of health experts and breaking with decisions by neighboring Mississippi and Texas earlier this week to lift their requirements. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to be inoculated against the......

CureVac gets vaccine production support from Novartis

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FILE PHOTO: A sign marks Novartis’ Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., January 2, 2020. Picture taken January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German biotech firm CureVac has enlisted Swiss pharma giant Novartis to help with the production of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Novartis plans to......

UK regulator says will fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s medical regulator on Thursday said it would fast-track vaccines for coronavirus variants, adding that the makers of already-authorised shots would not need new lengthy clinical trials to prove their adapted vaccines will work. FILE PHOTO: Nurse Elspeth Huber from Hannage Brook Medical Centre prepares a dose......

U.S. administers 75.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC

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FILE PHOTO: A basketball net hangs at a recreation center as patients receive their boost dose at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) community vaccination event, as the vaccination rate in West Virginia ranks among highest in world, in Martinsburg, U.S. February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for......

UPDATE 1-Czech PM backs using Sputnik vaccine without EU regulator’s approval

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(Adds prime minister’s quotes, background) PRAGUE, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Sunday the country could use Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine even without approval by European Union’s EMA drugs agency. The country of 10.7 million has ranked among the world’s worst-hit countries by the......

BRIEF-U.S. Authorizes Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine For Adults Aged 18 And Older – Reuters

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BRIEF-U.S. Authorizes Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine For Adults Aged 18 And Older Reuters Source – For more click here To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page – click here Break’n Pics – Click here for Free Stock Photos...

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures

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FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of......

CVS Health CEO expects use of masks to continue till 2022

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Feb 23 (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp Chief Executive Officer Karen Lynch said on Tuesday that she believes the use of masks will continue at least till 2022 to confront the spread of coronavirus. Lynch made the comment during a New York Times online event. On Sunday, U.S. infectious diseases......

UK PM Johnson: we’re always looking to source more vaccines

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus pandemic media briefing at Downing Street, London, Britain February 15, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has sufficient vaccine supplies but is always looking to source more, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. “We do......

UK preparing for COVID-19 revaccination programme this year

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of Astra Zeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is preparing for a revaccination programme against COVID-19, likely to......

South African vaccine adviser backs Pfizer shot after study

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Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of the Pfizer logo in this illustration taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – One of the South African government’s top advisers on COVID-19 vaccines said on Friday that the Pfizer-BioNTech shot was “still a......

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

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(Reuters) – A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday. The study found the vaccine......

Mexico says local AstraZeneca vaccine lab almost rebuilt to meet standards

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The packaging and distribution of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico had been held up due to a complex certification process that led to major changes at a factory, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Elderly residents queue to receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine,......

U.S. administers 52.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, CDC says

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People wait in their vehicles to receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru ?vaccination super station” operated by UC San Diego Health in downtown San Diego, California, U.S., February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan (Reuters) – The United States has administered 52,884,356 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning......

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